Two persons, both Masters in Computer Application (MCA), were arrested by the Delhi Crime Branch on July 1 for fraud and cheating. The accused, identified as Jay Shankar and Rajesh Rawat, were arrested for cheating at least five people to the tune of Rs 8 lakh in Delhi.
Their modus operandi was simple: the accused used to procure credit card details of unsuspecting clients on the pretext of enhancing their credit limit. Based on the details, they would apply for duplicate SIM cards of the victim’s phone number. Police said they were able to get the numbers issued from the concerned outlets after lodging a lost report of the original number on the Delhi Police’s website.
The incident came to notice after a businessman lodged a complaint in Delhi in April when he came to know that someone had fraudulently used his credit card for two online transactions to the tune of Rs 2 lakh and Rs 50,000. Police said that without knowledge of the victim, the accused persons had got issued duplicate SIM card of the victim after blocking the original card.
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To probe the case, the police constituted a team led by inspector Atul Tyagi. The Crime Branch got help from the online companies of the area of delivery of the goods. Police arrested Jay Shankar near Jhandewala and later Rajesh Rawat was also nabbed.
Police said that both the accused were from Indore and after completing their MCA they came to Delhi to work as software professionals. According to the police, Shanker claimed to have worked as a Java developer and also claimed to develop a software for 12 Delhi government hospitals. Police said that Shankar met Rawat in this company which issued postpaid mobile connections. They learned the process of issuing duplicate SIM cards here.
“The accused used to collect and store all IDs and photographs of canceled forms with an intent to commit fraud in future. Meanwhile, Shankar along with Rawat got registered his own company named ‘J2K SYSTEM PVT. LTD’ and registered their company on JustDial seeking customers who are interested to avail enhanced credit cards limit,” said JCP Crime Ravindra Yadav.
“They got information through JustDial regarding customers, who were interested in getting new credit cards with enhanced limit. They used to visit them where they obtained details of their existing credit cards along with their IDs,” Yadav said.
He added, “Later on, they visited the site of Delhi Police for online registration of NCR (Non Cognizable Report) of registered mobile phone number of that customer. Once online NCR is registered, immediately they used to contact customer care of concerned cellular company to block their lost SIM so that victim could not get SMS alert of upcoming online transaction in the sequence of commission of online fraud.”
Police said that after blocking the original SIM of the victim they visited the outlet of cellular company and on the basis of copy of original ID of victim they obtained the duplicate SIM. Later they purchased gold coins online and got it delivered near their home in an open area, said police.
Changes needed to curb online fraud
A senior police officer said that many changes need to be made in order to curb illegal activities online. “The NCR should not be an official proof document as in the current case, as it was misused. Also, the companies like JustDial needs to verify if the company details are correct.”
Bhisam Singh, DCP of Crime Branch said that the onus is on the telecom companies too. “The outlets of the concerned telecom companies should give duplicate SIM cards to concerned people unlike in this case where it was given to anyone carrying the IDs. Also the e-commerce companies need to deliver the goods on the particular address and not on the streets,” he said.